European Championship Qualifying - Group D
Switzerland2R. of Ireland0

Republic of Ireland need win over Denmark after defeat in Switzerland

Haris Seferovic put the Swiss ahead after only 16 minutes
Haris Seferovic's shot went through Shane Duffy's legs before beating Republic keeper Darren Randolph

The Republic of Ireland's hopes of qualifying automatically for Euro 2020 rest on next month's home game with Denmark after they lost in Switzerland.

Victory would have booked the Irish's place but Haris Seferovic and Edimilson Fernandes hit the goals.

A win over the Danes on 18 November will secure qualification from Group D.

But the Irish will be without captain Seamus Coleman, who was sent off in conceding a second-half penalty superbly saved by Darren Randolph.

After rain had threatened Tuesday's game, Switzerland's first-half tempo yielded Benfica striker Seferovic's 16th-minute goal and Fernandes hammered in the second in the closing seconds despite Shane Duffy's attempts to keep out the close-range shot.

With the Republic changing from their early 3-5-2 formation to a more familiar 4-4-2, they produced second-half pressure but the Swiss held firm to put themselves back on course for qualification after their 1-0 defeat in Copenhagen on Saturday.

The Republic still top Group D on goal difference from Denmark with Switzerland a point behind but both the Danes and Swiss have games in hand, which come against out-of-contention sides Gibraltar and Georgia respectively on 15 November.

Barring unlikely slips by the Swiss against Georgia and in their final game in Gibraltar - or Denmark losing to Gibraltar - only a Republic win against the Danes in their final game will be enough to secure qualification for McCarthy's side.

The Irish would have to win by two goals if the Swiss only pick up four points from their last two games.

If that route fails, they may still have the fallback option of a play-off place.

Embolo artistry helps set up Swiss win

McCarthy handed a first start to Brighton youngster Aaron Connolly after his encouraging first-cap cameo in Saturday's uninspiring draw in Georgia but instead it was Borussia Monchengladbach's Breel Embolo who was the most effective attacker in the pivotal first half.

With Embolo finding space all too easily, he helped the Swiss carve out a series of first-half chances and Seferovic's finish through Shane Duffy's legs from outside the box undid the Republic's obvious plan of holding out and frustrating the home side.

After the Swiss had controlled the first half, the Republic rallied in the second period but beyond having a Glenn Whelan shot blocked, had little to show in the way of clearcut chances.

Coleman's dismissal came after he was adjudged to have handled an Embolo shot in the 76th minute, which followed his first-half yellow card for an angry exchange with Arsenal's Granit Xhaka.

Randolph superbly saved substitute Ricardo Rodriguez's spot-kick while Fabian Schar also headed against the Republic woodwork in the second half before Fernandes's clinching goal.

Aaron Connolly battles with Switzerland's Nico Elvedi
Brighton striker Aaron Connolly was handed his first start for the Republic

McCarthy's three changes from Georgia draw

The Republic's display in Saturday's 0-0 draw in Georgia came in for criticism and McCarthy opted for three changes as well as the altered formation.

Brighton youngster Connolly partnered James Collins in attack as Callum Robinson dropped out, with Preston midfielder Alan Browne taking over from Conor Hourihane.

As expected, Sheffield United's Enda Stevens returned after suspension in place of Matt Doherty but was part of a three-man defence alongside Shane Duffy and John Egan.

Despite Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Denmark, Swiss boss Vladimir Petkovic opted for an unchanged starting line-up and his faith was rewarded as the home side quickly took control.

The signs were ominous for the visitors as Xhaka tested Randolph in the seventh minute before Swiss player of the year Seferovic blasted low through Duffy's legs to the net from just outside the box after Jeff Hendrick's misdirected defensive header.

At the other end, Duffy headed a Glenn Whelan corner straight at Swiss keeper Yann Sommer just before the break but it was a rare Republic goal attempt.

O'Dowda introduction helps Republic rally

After abandoning his three at the back formation midway through the first half, McCarthy introduced Callum O'Dowda for striker Collins at half-time and it helped the visitors produce some pressure in the third quarter.

But the Swiss were continuing to carve out the better chances, with Randolph having to tip over a Seferovic header and then seeing Schar's header come back off a post.

Connolly was replaced by Scott Hogan on 70 minutes shortly before Coleman's dismissal as he picked up a second yellow card when conceding the penalty.

The heroic Randolph stretched to his left to keep out Rodriguez's spot-kick but could do nothing as Fernandes' blasted in from close range despite Duffy's efforts in the final minute of injury-time.

McCarthy's first loss since return - the stats

  • The Republic of Ireland have suffered their first defeat under Mick McCarthy since he returned as boss
  • McCarthy's first stint as Republic boss ended in a 2-1 defeat by the Swiss in October 2002
  • The Republic's defeat leaves Denmark as the only unbeaten team in Group D
  • Seamus Coleman became the first Republic player to be red carded in a competitive game since Shane Duffy's dismissal against France at Euro 2016
  • Haris Seferovic has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last eight home appearances for Switzerland (8 goals, 2 assists)
  • Midfielder Glenn Whelan earned his 91st cap, moving level with Niall Quinn as the eighth most-capped Republic player
  • After scoring 12 consecutive penalties for club and country between 2014 and 2018, Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez has now missed two of his last five spot-kicks

Line-ups

Switzerland

  • 1Sommer
  • 4Elvedi
  • 22Schär
  • 5AkanjiBooked at 46mins
  • 2LichtsteinerSubstituted forFreulerat 70'minutes
  • 10XhakaBooked at 32mins
  • 17Zakaria
  • 13Rodríguez
  • 7EmboloSubstituted forSteffenat 88'minutes
  • 9Seferovic
  • 18MehmediSubstituted forFernandesat 28'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Mbabu
  • 6Lang
  • 8Freuler
  • 11Steffen
  • 12Mvogo
  • 14Cömert
  • 15Sow
  • 16Gavranovic
  • 19Drmic
  • 20Fernandes
  • 21Omlin
  • 23Benito

R. of Ireland

  • 23Randolph
  • 5Egan
  • 4DuffyBooked at 66mins
  • 3Stevens
  • 6Whelan
  • 2ColemanBooked at 76mins
  • 13HendrickBooked at 55mins
  • 8BrowneBooked at 34mins
  • 11McClean
  • 17ConnollySubstituted forHoganat 69'minutes
  • 22CollinsSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1O'Hara
  • 7Doherty
  • 9Maguire
  • 10Hogan
  • 12Robinson
  • 14Hourihane
  • 15Long
  • 16Travers
  • 18O'Dowda
  • 19Judge
  • 20Cullen
  • 21Williams
Referee:
Szymon Marciniak
Attendance:
24,766

Match Stats

Home TeamSwitzerlandAway TeamR. of Ireland
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home20
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Switzerland 2, Republic of Ireland 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Switzerland 2, Republic of Ireland 0.

Goal!

Own Goal by Shane Duffy, Republic of Ireland. Switzerland 2, Republic of Ireland 0.

Attempt missed. Edimilson Fernandes (Switzerland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Renato Steffen.

Attempt blocked. Haris Seferovic (Switzerland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick with a cross.

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Fabian Schär.

Substitution

Substitution, Switzerland. Renato Steffen replaces Breel Embolo.

Offside, Republic of Ireland. Glenn Whelan tries a through ball, but John Egan is caught offside.

Foul by Remo Freuler (Switzerland).

John Egan (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Haris Seferovic (Switzerland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Rodríguez with a cross.

Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland).

Attempt missed. Breel Embolo (Switzerland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Denis Zakaria.

Foul by Remo Freuler (Switzerland).

Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Penalty saved! Ricardo Rodríguez (Switzerland) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Séamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) for hand ball.

Penalty conceded by Séamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Breel Embolo (Switzerland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Denis Zakaria.

Attempt missed. Fabian Schär (Switzerland) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ricardo Rodríguez with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by John Egan.

Attempt blocked. Breel Embolo (Switzerland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Haris Seferovic.

Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland).

Attempt blocked. Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabian Schär.

Substitution

Substitution, Switzerland. Remo Freuler replaces Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Substitution

Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Scott Hogan replaces Aaron Connolly.

Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by James McClean.

Fabian Schär (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland).

Booking

Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Manuel Akanji (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland).

Foul by Breel Embolo (Switzerland).

Séamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Breel Embolo (Switzerland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Fabian Schär (Switzerland) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ricardo Rodríguez with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

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As It Stood

A

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2Czech Rep6402119212
3Kosovo63211210211
4Montenegro7034315-123
5Bulgaria7034517-123

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D

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4Georgia7223710-38
5Gibraltar6006219-170

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I

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